Pickup on South Street (1953) – Samuel Fuller

Jean Peters sizzles in this spy/crime film noir that is another film mentioned in Philip Kemp’s Movies book. It also falls into the category of how had I never heard of this film before? As it ticks a lot of my boxes, spies, film noir… it’s a corker! Candy (Peters) is on the subway, and…

Infernal Affairs (2002) – Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, and Alan Mak

DK Canada’s The Movie Book rolls out the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Oldboy. Infernal Affairs is up for viewing, and served as the basis for the North American adaptation, The Departed. Yes, The Departed is a solid film, the original is so much better. Tightly edited, fantastically crafted the film…

True Grit (2010) – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

DK Canada’s The Movie Book brings me another classic Coen Brothers film as I explore the What Else to Watch list following the recommendation of Fargo. My curiosity was piqued when I first heard about the idea that the Coen Brothers were going to remake the iconic western that originally starring John Wayne, with one…

Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory (1961) – Paolo Heusch

It’s time for another hairy werewolf movie as I continue to delve into DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. This time around, the entry, Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory, is a bit of a letdown, considering it’s rife with exploitation potential. An Italian film that was dubbed for its North American release the story…

Smile of the Wolf (2018) -Tim Leach

Getting its Canadian release this month from Anansi Press, Smile of the Wolf by Tim Leach is a powerful Icelandic tale set against a backdrop of ice and revenge, where honor is the only law. Kjaran is a poet, and spends winters in the homes of those who would take him and hear his songs…

Miami Vice (1985) – The Dutch Oven, and Buddies

It’s back to the glitzy yet dangerous streets of Miami as Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) continue delving into the world of vice. First up this week is Ditch Oven, written by Maurice Hurley. This story first debuted on 25 October, 1985. When Trudy (Olivia Brown) has to take a…

The 400 Blows (1959) – Francois Truffaut

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book may be my new favourite Truffaut film, and his first full length feature. The story, partially created by Truffaut, follows young Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) a boy living in Paris, where his parents are having problems, and they all feel trapped in their tiny apartment….

The Wild One (1953) – Laslo Benedek

It’s time to dig into the What Else to Watch list of DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of A Streetcar Named Desire, and it’s time for another Marlon Brando film. Over a career that includes tons of iconic roles, this one must be near the top, and yet, it’s still not enough…

The Reader (2008) – Stephen Daldry

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Schindler’s List, is this moving, and thoughtful film based on the novel by Bernhard Schlink. Kate Winslet stars as Hanna Schmitz, a role for which she won an Oscar for Best Lead Performance. Set in Post World War…

The Running Man (1982) – Stephen King as Richard Bachman

Despite being a fan of the 87 Schwarzenegger flick, I’d never read the original source material, so being long past due, I dug into it and was delighted to find that the novel was a completely different experience, and worthy of a cinematic adaptation in its own right. Ben Richards lives in the slums, a…